Midwinter Meeting

ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

ALA President Courtney Young selects 22 chapters to participate in career development facilitator training

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young will partner with ALA Chapters to provide training for a national cohort of 22 librarians from a cross section of libraries to become certified Career Development Facilitators (CDF).  President Young stated, "I am grateful for the strong interest from the chapters in partnering with me on this program. It was inspiring and heartwarming to read all of the applications.

PLA Midwinter Institute features Valerie J. Gross and strategies to redefine the public library

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a thought-provoking Institute at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting. "Who We Are, What We Do, Why It Matters: Our Distinctive Purpose" will be presented by Valerie J. Gross, president and CEO, Howard County (Md.) Public Library from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2015.

EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO  The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The meeting takes place Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2015, and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues.

Bundle Registration for 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference open Sept. 9-30

CHICAGO — Bundle Registration for 2015 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference is now open at http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/bundle. Bundling the registration for both conferences saves up to $130, and offers the opportunity to book housing for Midwinter immediately. The conversation starts Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2015 in Chicago at ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits and continues at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-30.

Free recordings of popular sessions from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO – Recordings of a select group of sessions from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting are being made freely available to allow ALA members and others to enjoy, learn, discover or revisit speakers and other events from the Philadelphia meeting. No login is required to watch and listen to these Midwinter Meeting recordings.

ALA urges open access to government websites during government shutdowns

CHICAGO — At its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibitions in Philadelphia, the American Library Association (ALA) Council, passed a resolution calling for open access to essential information on public websites in the event of a government shutdown.

ALA adopts resolution urging Congress to extend whistle-blower protections

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a resolution urging Congress to extend legal protections for whistle-blowers to employees of all national security and intelligence agencies, as well as non-federal  employees working for civilian contractors.

ALA calls for passage, signing of the USA Freedom Act

CHICAGO — At the American Library Associations’s recent Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia, the ALA Council passed a resolution calling upon Congress to pass — and the president to sign — legislation supporting the reforms embodied in the USA Freedom Act.

Patricia Glass Schuman named lifelong member of United for Libraries board

PHILADELPHIA  At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the board of United for Libraries voted unanimously to present past ALA President Patricia Glass Schuman with life membership on its board in honor of her many accomplishments and contributions to libraries both nationally and internationally throughout her career.  Her official position will be Board Member at Large.

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